Photo by Barry BurlesonLaw enforcement officers block Highway 72 at Slayden after reports Tuesday afternoon of an active shooter in the area.
Photo by Sue WatsonDeputy Janice Fortner (Benton County) and Duncan Knox and Kerry Reid with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department secure the highway Tuesday afternoon at Slayden Travel Center.
Manhunt ends in arrest
A man suspected of shooting into two vehicles travelling on Highway 72 at Slayden was apprehended Tuesday afternoon after an intensive manhunt, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
He said the suspect, identified as Brandon Chambers, 28, of the 400 block of Emily Street, Oakland, Tenn., broke into three houses. In the first house, Chambers took a handgun, according to the sheriff, and then went to the highway, shooting through the windshield of a mail carrier’s vehicle from Holly Springs Post Office. Moments later he fired a round into an automobile being driven by a lady also going west.
“He tried to wave her over; she slowed but drove on,” the sheriff said.
The bullet entered the second vehicle through the front hood, then passed through the windshield to the passenger side. Both drivers pulled over at a safe distance and called 911.
Dozens of agents assisted in the search, both from the ground and the air, as they had a physical description of the suspect and his clothing, the sheriff said.
A DeSoto County SWAT team noticed a door ajar in the third house the suspect entered and called out and the suspect surrendered without incident.
Chambers faces numerous charges, the sheriff said.
Highway 72 was shut down in both directions while about 100 officers fanned out over the area, beginning at the intersection at the Slayden Travel Center and ending a mile west of the intersection where law officers placed a perimeter around a house, flew a perimeter in a helicopter and operated a drone.
The search was concluded around 3 p.m, Dickerson said.
Agents with the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, MHP, and sheriff’s departments from Marshall, Benton, and DeSoto counties were involved in the manhunt.
Chambers is in custody of the sheriff’s department. He was to be arraigned Wednesday in county justice court.